Walking Tours of London - Mayfair Neighborhood Walk
Mayfair has been home to aristocracy for over three centuries
The historic neighborhood of Mayfair is situated in Central London directly north of Buckingham Palace and Green Park and just east of Hyde Park.
The Mayfair district is named after the 2 week May Fair that took place every year from 1686 to 1764. This area boasts many of London's most exclusive shops and restaurants and a large concentration of luxury hotels. It is the location of some renowned landmarks including the Ritz Hotel and Piccadilly Circus.
While many of the mansions in Mayfair have over the years been destroyed and replaced, there are still a number of them left for you to see.
Mayfair Walking Tour Directions
If you are interested in shopping, some of Mayfair's major shopping streets include Oxford Street, Bond Street and Regent Street.
To explore Mayfair our recommended walking tour begins from Green Park Tube Station. This walk is 1.4 kms long and should only take about 20 minutes at a normal walking pace, not including stops and not including the optional leg at step 12. We suggest you allow 1 hr in order to have time to take everything in - and considerably more if you are going to divert into the shopping districts (see below.
If you are interested in shopping, some of Mayfair's major shopping streets include Oxford Street, Bond Street and Regent Street. You can explore the many shops along Bond Street and Regent Street from the last portion of this walk, but give yourself lot's of extra time for this.
- Start at Green Park Station.
- Exit onto Piccadilly Street - Nearby attraction: Ritz Hotel is on your right.
- Left (north) on Berkeley to Berkeley Square.
- Left (clockwise around the square - Nearby attraction: Winston Churchill lived in #48 when he was a boy.
- Left on Hill Street
- Left on Hay's Mews
- Right on Hay's Mews where it splits at the next corner - Nearby attraction: The mews, common throughout London in earlier times, were garages for carriages and horses with living quarters above for the horse grooms and coachmen. Most mews have now been converted to townhouses.
- Left on Chesterfield Hill - Nearby attraction: Victorian townhouses reflecting the once common character of this neighborhood.
- Left on Charles
- Right on Half Moon
- Left on Piccidilly back to Green Park Station.
- If desired you can continue past Green Park Station along Piccadilly for another 10 minutes to see famous Piccadilly Circus - Nearby attractions: check out the upscale shopping north of Piccadilly along Bond Street and north of Piccadilly Circus along Regent Street, and look for St.James's Piccadilly St. on the right.